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Ladies Adventure Travel Packing List For Ecuador


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Tips and Trips to Packing for Ecuador

If you are an adventure sports enthusiast, you will find that Ecuador has to import all of their manufactured goods related to the outdoors. While there are a few select stores in Quito which make their own basic gear (throw back to Outdoor Research in the early 90’s) the items near and dear to you, come with a big price tag or are not available easily down here. The Main gear shops are near the Mariscal (tourist district) of Quito and they are: Tattoo, Yippi and Mono Dedo (climbing)

If you have your own basic gear, bring it! I’m talking about plastic boots, climbing harness, favorite climbing shoes, down coat, good glasses/goggles. You can leave the rope at home unless you plan to open your own routes in which case its a question of who’s rope do you trust more? hint: yours!
Energy bars- love em or hate em you can’t get them down here so choice power foods and snacks are a good thing to pack for the trail.
Raincoat, chap stick, UV coated glasses, sunblock- a sunburn on a snow covered peak is absolutely plausible, even walking around Quito at 9000 feet... remember its the equator!
Down is a handy reprieve in Quito or the mountains where a sunny day can turn into a frigid night over a happy hour martini.
Duct Tape: it is available but come prepared, wrap your trekking poles with a couple meters so it’s easily available for any travel quick fixes.


  • Use common sense, you are in a third world country. The following tips apply to large cities such as Quito and Guayaquil
  • Always carry a couple ones to make a quick taxi getaway or grab a bus if you find yourself in and awkward of uncomfortable situation.
  • Unless it is a referenced service avoid non-yellow cabs.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of money on you at any time.
  • Don’t take your money out and count it on the street.
  • If you cannot avoid small, unlit or unsafe looking streets at night, try to travel in pairs or groups. If you are alone, ask fellow travelers where they are headed next and walk with them.
  • Try to walk close to the road instead of hugging the walls of buildings, especially when going around a blind corner.
  • Don’t hitchhike. Ever.

Women’s hygiene:

  • Ladies bring along any of your essential cosmetics. I once bought an Ecuadorian mascara and it took 3 days for me to rub it off, with most of my eyelashes still attached.
  • Tampons, well OBs are available but present hygiene issues in country where public bathrooms usually do not provide soap or toilet paper. I would just bring my own in a ziplock, certainly the smaller pueblos will not have these in their tiendas- only pads.
  • Which leads me to condoms. Do you really want to use a condom made in Ecuador? Do you know what the birth rate is in this country?
  • Yeast infections- Fluconazole is easily obtained in any pharmacy if you are susceptible to yeast infections, which may be of value to know. The sudden change to an Ecuadorian diet often causes these issues along with traveler's diarrhea.

The most important item to never leave at home is an innate sense of curiosity and stoke to explore the planet! Feel free to reference more travel information and tips for Ecuador at my travel blog:

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Must see/do at this place:

Baños is known as the Colorado "mountain town" of Ecuador replete with big river rafting, kayaking, climbing, bridge jumping and mountain biking. Still not enough? The jungle tours are 1.5 hours from town and its a great place to warm up for some trekking. Famous for their active volcano, when Tungurahua does get going, its only one more magnificent site to see in this quaint, quirky and invigorated town. On the cultural side, just visit the local market with cui (guinea pigs) on the rotisserie and the many festivals which draw the Andean community to town such as Semana Santa and Carnival.

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By Patricia White
I am quickly becoming mistaken for an Ecuadorian. Having traveled, lived and worked in Ecuador for 5 years I can now say I love my job! Betty...
15 Jul 2011

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